David Bowie’s 1983 music video Let’s Dancewas the starting point for a new deep listening experience, curated by Daniel Browning for Urban Theatre Projects, which examines the representation of First Nations people in global popular culture.

The project, which is called Momentum, will be performed in Blak Box at Barangaroo, Sydney until November 17 and features leading First Nations arts practitioners including composer and violinist Eric Avery, musician-composer Troy Russell, vocalist/performer Ursula Yovich, visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, legal professor and radio broadcaster Larissa Behrendt, poet and literary editor Evelyn Araluen, spoken word artist and podcaster Lorna Munro, emerging writer Joel Davison, and Sydney Festival Artistic Director and theatre director Wesley Enoch. The artists don’t refer directly to Let’s Dance, instead they riff around ideas inspired by it.

Momentumpromotional image. Photograph © Joshua Morris

On Tuesday November 5 at 10am, in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform with Eric Avery in a free event on the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo, as Browning talks to artists from Momentumabout the challenges for the arts today as polarised debates over the climate, Indigenous and human rights erupt around...

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